Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I spent several hours on the farm today. The more I'm down there, the more sure I become that I want to farm. I love love love the cattle (especially Winnie) and the draft horses and the sheep and the goats and the chickens and the pigs. I love listening to Mitch's stories after we load 130 bales of hay onto the trailer.

Right now the draft horses live in a pasture enclosed by a fence that even I can step over. It's more of a suggestion than anything solid. Even if the fence was high enough that they couldn't step over it, they could easily plow through it. After chores this afternoon we were coming back up the farm road when we noticed Rex, a 20-hand-tall white draft horse, standing by the road outside the pasture. We had to shovel the snow away from the gate to open it, then lure Rex back inside with a bale of hay.

I have lots of delicious raw milk from milking Winnie so this evening I made butter by hand. Raw milk tastes a lot better than pasteurized milk.

Right now I am more likely to find baling twine than old tri-met tickets in my pockets. By no means do I no longer think of myself as a city kid - I still have many generations' worth of knowledge to learn - but I'm getting there.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

5 exciting things

1. I think I know where I want to do my internship this summer. It's called Gorman Heritage Farm and I'd be a farm camp counselor/sustainable agriculture intern. The only problem is that it's in Ohio, which clearly is not Oregon. Hmm. But it might be good for me to explore another part of the country. And I could still come back to Oregon for most of May. But seriously, that job is pretty much exactly what I want to do and I'm perfect for the job, if I do say so myself.

2. Jack brought his niece to school today so she could sell Girl Scout cookies. I bought 3 boxes. Mmmm. This is the first time in 12 years that I'm not selling cookies. I got really excited. Hopefully I can make them last more than a week. I may have to hide them from myself.

3. I talked to Rick and Tomas about doing a semi-independent study in calculus next year and it looks like a real possibility. It doesn't really have anything to do with my major, I just like doing math for fun. Eric and Andy are also interested in doing that with me.

4. My cold is almost gone. I didn't lose my voice after all.

5. I definitely have a place to stay in DC. Technically it's in Virginia, but it's only about 20 minutes away from the conference and they're my cousins and they said I could bring 3 more people to stay with them.

Monday, February 16, 2009

sniffle

I really hate being sick. That's the problem with Sterling: when one person gets sick, everyone gets sick. Luckily I missed out on the scabies epidemic at the beginning of the semester. I just wish my nose and lungs would clear up and my face would stop feeling like an over-inflated balloon and my throat would stop feeling like someone took a sheet of sandpaper to it.

This weekend I went camping for two nights on Mt. Moosilauke in New Hampshire with my Foundations of Outdoor Ed class. It was cold. A group of us hiked to the summit where it was clear, windy, and epik as hell. You can see two videos my friend Joe took here. (Thanks, Garma.)

Not much else to report. I'm hanging around campus and then going to Washington, DC for February break. That'll be overwhelming/exciting.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

huh?

The internet in my dorm has been working for the last several hours. What is this? Although it probably won't work at all tomorrow. Last night the entire internet went down at Sterling - not just the wi-fi, but the desktop computers in the library as well. Hooray for living in the middle of nowhere.

Err I had a big post planned out about all sorts of useless stuff but here's the gist of it:

3+ cups of chai tea in one day is not a good idea
Washington DC for February break
Potluck tomorrow night, I assume
I'm so happy

Yay!

Monday, February 2, 2009

good/bad

Good:All my classes are super interesting! I really want to visit Alaska in the summer now and see the midnight sun. SO AWESOME.

Chemistry and physics tutoring (aka Joanna earns a tuition credit and gets to be a big nerd) starts tomorrow! And Rick said I could teach the projectile motion unit!

Camping trip in the White Mountains in NH with Foundations of Outdoor Ed over Valentine's day weekend! We played Animal Signs (with noises!) in class today! (Awkward turkey for the win.)

Bad: The internet ate my Woodlot essay. I really don't want to rewrite it.

My schedule is super super super full and I don't know if I'm going to have any time for anything other than school work. Luckily I love my classes.

I'm actually considering washing my Carhartts. They smell awful.

I should not be allowed to drink this much tea in one day. SO TWITCHY.